Cee Lo Green // The Lady Killer review
The first two sentences have been substantially sub-edited from what I originally sent in. Rest assured I would never use words like “juncture” or “ubiquity.” I’m not an animal.
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer (Warner)
Cee Lo Green’s been at this juncture of popular music before. The ubiquity of ‘Fuck You’ mirrors his success with Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy,’ the 2006 leftfield hit whose infectious melody and razor-sharp electro-soul production masked a dark and troubled lyric. ‘Fuck You’ is nowhere near as subtle – and is explicit in every sense of the word – but it ticks just about all the other boxes, from vibrant Motown production to a chorus so catchy it’ll stick to your ears. The lyric video alone garnered 2 million hits in its first week on Youtube. Lyrically, it could be the jilted lover’s answer to the Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ – except amended to become ‘She (only) Loves You (for your money) … so Fuck You.’ The small matter of radio play was solved with the recording of two alternate versions – one a straight censorship job called ‘FU’ and the other re-jigged as ‘Forget You’ – which is where it gets a little messy.
According to the man himself, Cee Lo recorded 70 songs for The Lady Killer and, aware that his first two solo records flopped commercially, left it to the label to choose the final running order. Thus we get ‘Forget You’ as track 3 and ‘Fuck You’ shoved on the end following the outro – that’s the song ‘Fuck You,’ not the command, but it’s the same basic effect. That aside, the majority of the album flows quite well with only a couple of filler tracks in the middle interrupting the momentum. The production throughout is outstanding – dense but never less than pristine – and the continuity is good despite the revolving door of producers.
Full review at State.ie.
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